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Enforcement and Inspection

As today’s workplace becomes more complex, regulation of that workplace increases. In this section, you’ll find the practical advice you need to understand exactly what OSHA, other federal agencies, and their state counterparts, require of you, and to comply in the ways that best satisfy both your and their needs. Look also for important court decisions, advice on how to handle enforcement actions, and news of upcoming changes in workplace health and safety law.

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Are You Bad? Watch Out, Because OSHA’s Going Nationwide

Yesterday, we looked at the changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) reporting requirements that will go into effect on January 1, 2015. But that’s not the only change OSHA has recently made that will affect its enforcement efforts—and not all of the changes have been announced in a press release.

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OSHA Continues to Fine-Tune Enforcement with New Reporting Requirements

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has changed its rules about when employers must report a work-related injury directly to the agency, and it has also updated its list of industries that are categorically exempt from injury and illness recordkeeping. The new rule was published in September and goes into effect on January 1, 2015.

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Contesting an OSHA Citation? What’s Your Defense?

If you’ve been issued an OSHA citation, you may feel that it was undeserved and wish to contest it. But if you’re going to contest, you’ll need to give a reason. Keep reading for a discussion of the defenses you can make against an OSHA citation.

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Contesting an OSHA Citation? Common Affirmative Defenses

Yesterday, we looked at the two categories of defenses an employer can use in contesting an OSHA citation. Today, we’ll look at three common affirmative defenses that employers can use to argue that, even though a violation occurred, the employer is not responsible.

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Cite Me Twice, Shame on Me

Sometimes it’s difficult to get a problem cleared up around your workplace. Even when OSHA cites a condition, you may have difficulty tracking it down at all of your facilities or bringing all of your equipment up to standard. It’s important to try, though—if you don’t, you could be cited for either a “repeat” violation or for a “failure to abate” violation. Here’s why you want to avoid being cited twice for the same problem.

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Don’t Get the Same Citation Twice

Despite your best efforts, there’s probably something in your workplace right now that an OSHA inspector could cite. Maybe it was lower on your list of priorities, or maybe it was just something that you had missed—but the important thing, once it’s cited, is to get it taken care of quickly. Always move a cited issue to the top of your to-do list. If you don’t, you run the risk of being cited again for the same violation.

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Employers in Trouble for Violating Workers’ OSHA Rights

OSHA investigations identify employers that took adverse action against employees for reporting injuries.

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OSHA Blows the Whistle on Whistleblower Rule Violators

OSHA’s been cracking down on employers who violate whistleblower protections. Here are two examples.

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New OSHA Regulatory Agenda Suggests Change in Direction

OSHA has been actively pursuing a regulation requiring employers to establish an injury and illness prevention plan (I2P2). But the agency’s latest regulatory agenda suggests a change in direction.

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2014 Budget Fully Funds OSHA’s Enforcement Activities

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By Emily Clark, Safety Editor

With OSHA primed with funds for enforcement in 2014, it’s wise for employers to closely examine workplace compliance with OSHA standards.

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